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Assistant Professor Metabolomics

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1.0 fte
External/ internal
Placed on
26 February 2019
Closing date
25 April 2019 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is looking for an

Assistant Professor Metabolomics (1.0 FTE)

Key responsibilities
The Division of Analytical Biosciences at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) has a world-leading reputation in the field of metabolomics, and has a track record in developing novel analytical and microfluidic methods. You will be part of a team of scientists working on a number of exciting metabolomics projects in the area of clinical and drug research, epidemiology and translational medicine. Your task will be leading the study design, data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation of metabolomics data acquired with our state-of-the art infrastructure. You will integrate metabolomics data with other omics and metadata as part of national and international collaborations.  You will study data from clinical and preclinical samples, including innovative patient-derived organ-on-a-chip models and you will become part of novel initiatives being built with several biobanks and medical centres and the pharma industry. You will share your expertise with students through lectures and participation in the LACDR education program. 
The responsibilities of the position include:

  • Leader of Metabolomics projects;
  • Biological interpretation of metabolomics results;
  • Data analysis of metabolomics data;
  • Own research on metabolomics methods and interpretation of metabolomics data;
  • Supervision of PhD and MSc students;
  • Teaching in metabolomics and participating in education program of LACDR;
  • Grant writing and acquisition of projects.

Selection criteria

  • PhD in metabolomics, biochemistry, or comparable;
  • Experience in biochemistry and metabolism;
  • Experience in biostatistics, cheminformatics and/or modelling;
  • Experience with metabolomics;
  • Experience with LC-MS;
  • Experience in leading projects is a plus;
  • Team player.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.
The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is a leading institute dedicated to world-class research and education in drug discovery and development. LACDR comprises a diverse and international team of approximately 150 researchers.

Terms and conditions 
We offer a fulltime, one year term position, with the possibility of renewal for up to three more years. Salary range from €3.637 – € 5.656 gross per month (pay scale 11-12 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Professor Thomas Hankemeier, email hankemeier@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl
If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Mrs. Loes Beijersbergen, email abs@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl,  telephone +31 71 527 4220. 

To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 25 April 2019 an email to Professor Thomas Hankemeier at abs@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Application letter;
  • CV.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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